There are seven billion of us now and contrary to the evening news we all get along, kind of.
Humans have a bunch of things that we are pretty unified about. We don’t like killing. We don’t like stealing. There are definite things in the area of disgust and so forth that everybody seems to react to. It’s sort of built into us and so when you think about it there are seven billion of us now and contrary to the evening news we all get along, kind of.
Michael Gazzaniga: Scientists we sometimes get annoyed with, but not science.
I like to make the distinction between scientists and science. Scientists are folks like me and you and everybody else. We’re humans and we have all the properties of most humans. There is egotistic. There is modest. There is bravado. There are all these things. There is overstatement. There is understatement.
Michael Gazzaniga: Why does the human always seem to like fiction? Could it be that it prepares us for unexpected things that happen in our life?
Science gets things right and it takes a long time and it takes a lot of chatter to get there.
Michael S. Gazzaniga is a professor of psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he heads the new SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind. He is one of the leading researchers in cognitive neuroscience, the study of the neural basis of mind. In 1961, Gazzaniga graduated from Dartmouth College. In 1964, he received a Ph.D. in psychobiology from the California Institute of Technology, where he worked under the guidance of Roger Sperry, with primary responsibility for initiating human split-brain research. In his subsequent work he has made important advances in our understanding of functional lateralization in the brain and how the cerebral hemispheres communicate with one another. Gazzaniga's publication career includes books for a general audience The Social Brain, Mind Matters, and Nature's Mind. His most recent book Who’s In Charge investigates the question of free will in light of current neuroscience.